In 2013 students in Mr. Gilmore's class took on the challenge of finding an alternative method for charging the batteries for the Electrathon Team. Their solution was to design and build a wind turbine using mostly found materials. The wind turbine currently stands almost ten feet tall and is installed on a temporary base for transportation and showcasing.
The electric generator was removed from an old treadmill and produces 12 volts of electricity when spun a the proper speed. Currently the electronics students are working on a method for controlling as well as storing the electricity created. The blades of the wind turbine were cut from a PVC pipe, and the tail was created from old window molding materials. The caster, which allows the wind turbine to spin freely into the wind was removed from an old wheel caster on a cart, cut down, and welded to the wind turbine base.